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Our Mission

The objective of WestREAP (Westland Rural Education Activities Programme Incorporated Society) is to identify gaps in the provision of education for rural communities for all ages, and develop strategies to fill those gaps, either through REAP programmes or in collaboration with others. 

WestREAP has been operating for 41 years providing educational pathways to local communities across the Westland and Grey districts, from Jackson Bay in the south, to Punakaiki in the north and east to Otira.​ WestREAP promotes community development, integrating education and the provision of information with activities in other sectors including health, social services, community organisations, Poutini Ngāi Tahu hapū and rūnanga and local government. WestREAP has recently supported the establishment of Te Hono o Ngā Waka, a kaupapa Māori social service agency for Te Tai o Poutini. WestREAP can act as an independent initiator and facilitator of community change.

Our Values


Nurturing relationships, looking after people and caring about others well-being with integrity


Connecting to those that are hard to reach geographically, socially and economically through learning opportunities


Creating a space of belonging and aroha for all those in our community


Supporting and enabling people to increase self-confidence by gaining new skills leading to greater autonomy


Adaptable and positive in meeting community needs

He tōtara wāhi rua, he kai nā te ahi!

If we are not united we will not achieve, there is strength in unity!

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Our People


Whare Iraia

Chief Executive

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Julia Lavers

Education Manager 

Team Leader Schools and Youth

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Jane Wellard

Administration Manager

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Team Leader Early Childhood Education

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Margaret Silcock

Finance Administrator

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Lynda Halliday

Adult & Community Programme Organiser

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Sally Richardson

Early Learning Facilitator - Westland

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Helen Reij

Driving Tutor

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Tracey Hutt

Early Learning Facilitator - Grey

Kathryn Wells

Customer Service Officer

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Abbey Johansson

Youth Services Facilitator-Westland 

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Rachel Kahl

Youth Services Facilitator & Administrator - Grey 

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Dayah Patten

Early Learning Facilitator - Haast

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John Kennedy

Ngaa Toki Ako/Alternative Education Lead Facilitator

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Abi Gully

Playgroup Co-ordinator - Cobden Playgroup

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Jo McKay

Driver Licencing Coordinator and Alternative Education Facilitator 

Kate Buckley

Creative Spaces & Art4Me Coordinator

Holly Thorpe

WCDRS Information Consultant - 

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Cilla Raruve

WCDRS Information Consultant - Buller

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Krista Taylor

Early Learning Facilitator - South Westland 

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Sue Pooley

Koru Club Supported Learner Programme Facilitator 

Kate Lambert 

Pipsqueaks Playgroup Facilitator 


Sarah Heney

Payroll Administrator

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Jo Bares

SPACE Co-Facilitator

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Hayley Smith 

Kura Kaimahi 

Education Manager Support

Craig Langdon 

Pippa Sluis 


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Lisa Barbour

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Research Project Facilitator 

Trish Roney 

Jeffrey Kay

Acting Board Chair

Board Chair 

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